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Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before firing at concert-goers

11 October 2017, 12:33 | Melanie Burgess

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The damaged windows on the 32nd floor room that was used by the shooter in the Mandalay Hotel and the Route 91 festival venue after a gunman killed more than 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music festiva

Concertgoers on August 5 at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago's Grant Park, across the street from where Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock may have booked a hotel room that same weekend.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said police are examining a computer and multiple electronic devices found in Paddock's Mandalay Bay suite as well as evidence taken from his homes in Mesquite and Reno, Nevada.

There is no indication anyone other than Paddock fired on the crowd, Sheriff Lombardo said, adding investigators are talking to family members and the girlfriend of the gunman.

Mandalay Bay hotel-casino security guard Jesus Campos told investigators that Paddock was drilling to an adjacent wall when he walked up to Paddock's room.

Paddock, who had installed three cameras to monitor the approach to his suite, opened fire through the door, spraying 200 shots down the corridor and wounding the guard, who alerted other security officials.

He shot at jet fuel tanks at McCarran International Airport and had protective gear in the hotel suite and explosives in his parked auto, Sheriff Lombardo said.

"Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood", Lombardo told reporters. The door was open, and the group swarmed the room.

They said they avoided getting close to hotel room windows in case they themselves were taken out by a sniper - because of the difficulties in communication between police officers.

"We don't know yet", Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Wednesday. "We believe he chose to take the lives he did and he had a very purposeful plan that he carried out".

Officials say more than 50 properties around town also took part in the memorial.

Danley was out of the country during the shooting, and she said this was arranged by Paddock, saying that he bought her a plane ticket to the Philippines to visit relatives. Lombardo said police have found "no evidence to show that there was a second shooter".

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He had also booked another room at a nearby hotel. "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath at this point", he said. Minutes after the shooting began, a hotel security guard showed up outside his suite and Paddock shot him in the leg.

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Lombardo said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still evaluating Paddock's mental state. On Tuesday, though, as more photos of Paddock circulated, numerous folks who had said they'd never heard of him started resurfacing to tell Curtis they recalled seeing him.

Investigators believe the numbers represented calculations for more precise shots, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the details of the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

After paying for his girlfriend's trip to visit family in the Philippines, Paddock appears to have been in downtown Las Vegas from September 14 to 28, according to records reviewed by representatives of the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times on condition of anonymity.

"We have been down each and every one of these paths", McMahill said.

It was not immediately clear whether the Stephen Paddock who booked the room was the same Stephen Paddock behind the Las Vegas massacre.

Police tape blocks an entrance at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Investigators are looking at all aspects of the 64-year-old's life, from his birth to his death.

Police radio calls to the team told them to watch out for booby traps, as they came across a room service cart with wires on it going underneath the door of the gunman's room.

Authorities began returning vehicles left at the concert grounds to their owners last week.

Once they pushed past the fence at McCarran International Airport, some of them ran onto the tarmac as helicopters beamed searchlights toward people they assumed were intruders.

People received their belongings in re-sealable plastic bags and were asked to check them.



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